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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Louisville grandmother tearfully pleads for the person who shot her grandson to come forward. The circumstances surrounding Cody Cantrell's death are eerily similar to his father's murder a few years ago.
The family says 17-year-old was buying candy and hanging out with friends at Algonquin Park around 5:30 Thursday evening. Police believe the shooting started from a fight that escalated when someone pulled out a gun.
He was shot, he fell and they continued to shoot him," says Cody's grandmother, Sharon Cantrell. "That's what killed him."
"I seen a body and then they said it was Cody," recalls Cody's cousin, Phillip Mucker. "Then I'm like, 'Awh, Lord.' Then I see him laying down there trying to breathe and...blood coming out of his mouth. I knew it didn't look good."
Investigators are talking to witnesses to figure out what happened, but say a shooting at the park in broad daylight is unusual.
Perhaps even more unusual, Cantrell's father, 44-year-old David Cantrell, was shot and killed in 2009, also near Algonquin Park. Police arrested Tyrone Poe Junior and Dayshawn Talbert this past February. "He (Cody) had just started to gain a relationship with his father when he was murdered, so it laid heavily on him. That bothered Cody a lot," says Sharon.
Police have no suspects in Thursday night's murder.
"This didn't have to happen. Cody didn't have to be murdered," says Sharon. "I have faith in God and he's the only one that's sustaining me right now."
If you have any information, you are asked to call the anonymous tipline, 574-LMPD.